Postcards from Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Kandy

The Sacred Tooth Relic is somewhat of a crown jewel in Sri Lanka.

Located in the royal palace complex in Kandy, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple. The relic of the tooth of Buddha has played an important role in politics since ancient times as it was believed that whoever held the relic held the governance of the country – and Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings.

Daily worship occurs at the Temple in the inner chamber, and rituals are performed three times daily (at dawn, at noon and in the evenings). Devotees file slowly through the Temple, laying down their floral offerings on the long tables. Lotus upon lotus upon lotus.

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What to expect at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth:

  • During prayers, the room which houses the tooth is open to devotees and guests, however you won’t see the tooth. It is kept in a gold casket and remains unseen.
  • Dress appropriately and respectfully, with shoulders and arms covered.
  • Tickets cost 1500SKR and can be purchased through the official website HERE.
  • Kandy is easy to reach by train, or is 3-4 hours drive from Colombo.
  • Footwear must be removed before entering the temple. Your shoes are stored at the entrance and returned upon departure – wear socks if it’s hot as the paths do get hot in the sun.

Which sacred places have you visited on your travels?

Love, Chloe x

 

 

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